Welcome!

Cloud Security Authors: Zakia Bouachraoui, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Yeshim Deniz

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Cloud Security, @ThingsExpo

@CloudExpo: Blog Post

Nanokrieg: The Next Trillion Dollar War | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Security

Much of the efforts done so far in cybersecurity are nothing more than building an ineffective Maginot Line for cyber-defenses

This is an excerpt of some key concepts from his upcoming book, NANOKRIEG: BEYOND BLITZKRIEG, a book defining the changes in Military Infrastructure, Strategies and Tactics needed to win the War on Terrorism. It includes chapters on cyberterrorism and cyberwarfare.

If we are involved in a cyber-war, where are the frontlines? What are the defenses that will work? Much of the efforts done so far in cybersecurity are nothing more than building an ineffective Maginot Line for cyber-defenses.

Should we be spending more time (and money) in figuring out cyberwarfare and protecting critical infrastructure instead of conventional warfare?

Nanokrieg: A War Won and Lost in Microseconds
When it comes to NANOKRIEG, attacks aren't measured in days or even hours. A whole cyberattack can last only a couple of seconds - or less. Battlefields are now in server farms, data centers, and across the network infrastructure.

Cyberwarfare is the perfect tool for those engaged in asymmetrical warfare where their resources are inferior to their enemies. All they need is a small cadre of experts.

As Sun Tzu, the author of The Art of War stated, "Quickness is the essence of the war."

In less than a second, 1000s of pinpoint cyberattacks on different targets can be executed by high-speed transaction processors. Stocks could plummet. Exchanges could be totally manipulated and accounts could be wiped out - or transferred. Certain controls in power grids and other utilities, like maximum temperature levels or power load levels, could be overridden.

All of this can be done without regiments of trained soldiers or tons of supporting equipment. Some major attacks could happen and no one would even know about them. Most are not reported - and you can understand why

Weapons do not have to be flown into a battle zone or brought in by big transport ships, they are carried in by the network. Trojan horses, worms, viruses, denial-of-service attacks, and other destructive malware weapons do not need huge supporting logistics or long timeframes to assemble to "hit the beach." They can be sent off in a microsecond on an electronic pathway to the "war zone."

D-Day has become D-Microsecond. Welcome to "Electronic Jihad." The asymmetrical warfare approach in the electronic age.

Riches and treasures do not need heavy equipment, trains, or convoys of trucks to pull them out, they can get taken out on the network as well. Electronic valuables and critical information have no physical weight, just virtual value.

Eighty-Six Percent of Organizations Are Vulnerable - Is Yours?
No company or financial firm wants to announce their protective measures are inadequate and that all their internal confidential information has been compromised. They would lose customers in a heartbeat.

When it comes to cybersecurity, 86% of organizations have inadequate capabilities according to a 2016 study performed by HPE (Hewlett-Packard).

We have already seen in multiple instances,where people's credit card and personal information are stolen. Where were the safeguards? Where were the defenses against attacks?

According to IBM, almost one out of four financial institutions (23.8%) are still exposed. Is your money sitting in one of these institutions?

There are no Frontlines any more, only virtual lines within electronic borders in NANOKRIEG.

As I have mentioned in a previous whitepaper, "The speed of response equals victory, or at least, survival."

As I said in an earlier column:

Cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), the Internet of Everything (IoE), 5G Networks, and other cutting-edge concepts will not materialize successfully in the future, if the supporting infrastructure is not solid and resilient against attacks. If it does have gaping holes in its defensive architectural framework against cyberattacks and EMP, it will fail.

More time and resources need to be expended in the area of organizational cybersecurity and critical infrastructure security. If 86% of the organizations are ill-prepared, then a cyberattack would probably be successful and that is not acceptable.

"Hit the Beach!" has been replaced with, "Hit the Grid!"


Carlini will be the Keynote Speaker on Intelligent Infrastructure & Cybersecurity at the CABA Intelligent Buildings and Digital Homes Forum in San Diego on April 26.

Carlini's book will be out at the end of this year. His current book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY is available on Amazon

Follow daily Carlini-isms at www.TWITTER.com/JAMESCARLINI

Copyright 2016 - James Carlini

More Stories By James Carlini

James Carlini, MBA, a certified Infrastructure Consultant, keynote speaker and former award-winning Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University, has advised on mission-critical networks. Clients include the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, GLOBEX, and City of Chicago’s 911 Center. An expert witness in civil and federal courts on network infrastructure, he has worked with AT&T, Sprint and others.

Follow daily Carlini-isms at www.twitter.com/JAMESCARLINI

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


IoT & Smart Cities Stories
All in Mobile is a place where we continually maximize their impact by fostering understanding, empathy, insights, creativity and joy. They believe that a truly useful and desirable mobile app doesn't need the brightest idea or the most advanced technology. A great product begins with understanding people. It's easy to think that customers will love your app, but can you justify it? They make sure your final app is something that users truly want and need. The only way to do this is by ...
Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to ...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busine...
The challenges of aggregating data from consumer-oriented devices, such as wearable technologies and smart thermostats, are fairly well-understood. However, there are a new set of challenges for IoT devices that generate megabytes or gigabytes of data per second. Certainly, the infrastructure will have to change, as those volumes of data will likely overwhelm the available bandwidth for aggregating the data into a central repository. Ochandarena discusses a whole new way to think about your next...
CloudEXPO | DevOpsSUMMIT | DXWorldEXPO are the world's most influential, independent events where Cloud Computing was coined and where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss the big picture of Digital Transformation and all of the strategies, tactics, and tools they need to realize their goals. Sponsors of DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities.
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Big Data Federation to Exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO, colocated with DevOpsSUMMIT and DXWorldEXPO, November 12-13, 2018 in New York City. Big Data Federation, Inc. develops and applies artificial intelligence to predict financial and economic events that matter. The company uncovers patterns and precise drivers of performance and outcomes with the aid of machine-learning algorithms, big data, and fundamental analysis. Their products are deployed...
Cell networks have the advantage of long-range communications, reaching an estimated 90% of the world. But cell networks such as 2G, 3G and LTE consume lots of power and were designed for connecting people. They are not optimized for low- or battery-powered devices or for IoT applications with infrequently transmitted data. Cell IoT modules that support narrow-band IoT and 4G cell networks will enable cell connectivity, device management, and app enablement for low-power wide-area network IoT. B...
The hierarchical architecture that distributes "compute" within the network specially at the edge can enable new services by harnessing emerging technologies. But Edge-Compute comes at increased cost that needs to be managed and potentially augmented by creative architecture solutions as there will always a catching-up with the capacity demands. Processing power in smartphones has enhanced YoY and there is increasingly spare compute capacity that can be potentially pooled. Uber has successfully ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...